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Good response to community testing for COVID-19

A VERY good response followed an invitation for people in Langholm and Canonbie areas to be tested for COVID-19 – regardless as to whether or not they were experiencing symptoms. Community testing in this way was possible because of a spike in cases within a small geographic area with relatively small populations, plus limited access …

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Additional COVID-19 testing in Wigtownshire

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 testing capacity is continuing to come online within Dumfries and Galloway – with extra dates announced for Wigtownshire. Daily testing will be available this week in Stranraer for anyone experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, starting tomorrow, Tuesday January 26. NHS Dumfries and Galloway Interim Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “Additional COVID …

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Good response to community testing aimed at addressing COVID spike

COVID testing has been taking place throughout the day in Langholm – with more spaces available over the next three days. A localised spike in cases has seen anyone living in the DG13 and DG14 postcode areas encouraged to come forward and be tested, whether or not they have symptoms of the coronavirus. Health and …

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Mass testing focused on Langholm and Canonbie COVID spike

A SPIKE in COVID-19 cases concentrated in the Langholm and Canonbie area has prompted arrangements for additional local testing. Everyone living in the DG13 and DG14 postcode areas is being encouraged to come forward for testing – regardless as to whether or not they are currently experiencing symptoms. All health and social care staff who live …

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Vaccination programme scales up as GP practices deliver jabs

A SCALING up of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Dumfries and Galloway is underway – with 14 GP practices now set to help deliver jabs. Twenty-two venues across the region in the form of town halls and sports centres are already being employed by NHS teams to provide vaccinations for the over 80s. Last week …

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‘Further, faster’ call as COVID case numbers begin to drop

CASES of COVID-19 have dropped within Dumfries and Galloway – but not far enough and not quickly enough.  While a huge thanks is paid to everyone who has helped bring down the number of new cases, this is the message which is being stressed as hospitals are put under huge strain by new admissions.  In …

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Contingency plans implemented in response to COVID spike

AN INCREASE in the number of people within Dumfries and Galloway requiring urgent treatment for COVID-19 has prompted an implementation of some contingency arrangements. Additional ward space has been brought online this week at Mountainhall Treatment Centre in Dumfries for non-COVID patients. NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Operating Officer Julie White said: “From the earliest …

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COVID vaccinations underway for over 80s

VACCINATION against COVID-19 is now underway in Dumfries and Galloway, with those aged over 80 in line to receive their first jab before the end of January. The first vaccinations using newly-approved Oxford/Astrazeneca began today, and included Frances Robertson, aged 80. Frances said: “I’m very happy to be receiving my vaccination today.” The new Oxford/Astrazeneca …

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